Vibrant Downtown Eugene
Improving Eugene's Downtown and Urban Parks
Exciting changes are happening downtown. We’ve seen new businesses opening, buildings filled with active uses, more people living downtown and more jobs — more than $250 million in public and private investments in our downtown. We are continuing to build on those successes with improvements to downtown infrastructure, public safety, social services and events. To find out what is planned for our downtown Parks and Open Spaces visit the Downtown Eugene projects page.
Our goal is to keep Eugene safe and build trust, encouraging a welcoming and safe environment for everyone through professional and positive contacts, and taking enforcement action when needed.
Downtown Police Team: Two more officers are temporarily assigned to join the nine downtown officers and their sergeant to create a visible public safety presence in the downtown area.
Park Ambassadors & Park Blocks Host: These five park staff will provide visitors with information about park amenities, recreational activities, history and rentals, as well as park rules designed to provide an enjoyable experience for all.
We recognize the critical role of coordinated services in our downtown and the importance of continuing to support and expand programs that help connect people to those services and empower community members like:
Community-Court: Helps people who have been cited in downtown move out of the criminal justice system and toward an improved quality of life through supervised community service and direct connections to social service providers.
Community Day Center: The City will identify opportunities and partnerships to pilot a place for people to access services, build community and meet basic needs through day storage lockers, water filling stations etc.
Expanded Community Outreach Response Team (CORT) (video): Reaches out to vulnerable populations through a partnership between EPD, mental health professionals and homeless advocates to identify the individual’s life circumstances and needs.
Homeless Youth Support: Recreation and Library Services is a network partner with the 15th Night Initiative committed to serving unhoused youth who remain in school. Youth will have access to free library and recreation programs, volunteer and employment opportunities and staff mentors.
Social Services Coordination & Support: An effort to centralize access and increase community impact of service provision.